Taken by Storm (Paperback)
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Short Description for Taken by Storm Leesie and Michael couldn't be more different: she's a devout Mormon; his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean. Leesie wants to save Michael from drowning in tragedy, but when she starts to fall for him, who will save her?
- Published: 04 February 2010
- Format: Paperback 291 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781595142740 ISBN 10: 1595142746
- Sales rank: 305,793
Reviews for Taken by Storm
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This book tells the story of Leesie and Michael. Michael lost his parents during a storm, while they were diving. Since the tragedy he can't eat, he can't sleep - and still have nightmares. Leesie is a Mormon girl whom lives happily by her religion's rules, until she meets Michael and she almost can't recognize herself and her feelings.
This book enchanted me in such a great way! The story is told by both of them - Michael by his dive logs and Leesie by her poetry and her internet chats. I adored them. Michael is destroyed and doesn't know what to do with his life since the storm. But even in his misery I kinda felt his strong personality. I don't know how to explain, but I loved the way he talks (and feels) about his family, his old life, Leesie, his Gram, his new life. I confess I was kinda lost when he talked about diving - so many technical stuff - but even so I loved the passion he talks about it. And the same with Leesie. It's amazing how she lives her faith, how she fights for it, even when all she wants is to drown in Michael. I loved that, it's something I don't know if I could do. I don't know if I have that faith in something to fight for.
All the book is gorgeous, breathtaking, outstanding. They are two persons fighting themselves because of love, fighting their own rules. I cried like a baby, omg. And felt all their feelings, too. It's very emotional, a bit dramatic, but there's that emotion of something worthy, too. by Mariana Paixãounder review
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
Taken by Storm is a heart wrenching, beautifully written story of forbidden love. It is written from dual points of view- Micheal's dive book written journal style and Leesie's in the form of poems. I devoured this book and am left craving more.
Micheal is a diver and he is the survivor of a hurricane that killed his parents, and understandably he is broken and depressed. He has flashbacks and yearning to get back into the water. He moves in with his Grandma in the winter in Teacup and ...more Taken by Storm is a heart wrenching, beautifully written story of forbidden love. It is written from dual points of view- Micheal's dive book written journal style and Leesie's in the form of poems. I devoured this book and am left craving more.
Micheal is a diver and he is the survivor of a hurricane that killed his parents, and understandably he is broken and depressed. He has flashbacks and yearning to get back into the water. He moves in with his Grandma in the winter in Teacup and is numb. The Mormon "Ice Queen" of the school breaks through his walls and they fall in love. Leesie feels for him and wants to help him, and Micheal comes to need her, and begins to want to feel, want to heal.
They are both wonderful characters with voices that come through strong in their writing. I felt emotionally invested in the characters, and wanted the best for them. But it is hard to discern what really is the best. Can love conquer all? Loving one another and staying together means that one of them will have to cave- Micheal is used to showing his love through sex, and Leesie strong religious convicts her that she is to stay pure (no tongue, both feet on the floor among other rules.)
Though religion is important to Leesie, she does not come off as preachy to me. I think that she does well to show that God is important to her, she does not want to cave in her beliefs and convictions, but she doesn't want to force it on Michael. She invites him to events and she talks to him about it, but she truly hopes that it might be the thing to help.
The ending to me is hard to process- but I also really appreciate it. They do what is best for them personally- pursuing college and his diving- their dreams, and hold off on their love because it would hold them back. It is hard though because I want it to work out for them to stay together and still fulfill their dreams, but I do know that there is a second book out, and I am eager to read it and see how it all comes together.
All in all I loved this story and would recommend it. It is a story of romance, staying true to self, healing, and friendship. by Brandi Kosinerunder review
Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.com
Angela Morrison's TAKEN BY STORM is a romance with heart - a tale of love, not lust.
Leesie is a good Mormon girl, living by her faith and following the rules of her church in all realms of her life. Even though kids at school think of her as a prude and call her the "Ice Queen," Leesie is proud to be Mormon. From the official bathroom graffiti tally, Leesie is deemed by her male classmates to have the best behind in school. However, even the most persistent of the boys know that there is no hope of ever getting with her.
When Michael Walden arrives in Leesie's small town, barely surviving a tragic scuba diving storm that killed both of his parents, everyone is intrigued. Anti-social and enveloped in his own post-traumatic stress, Leesie is the only person that Michael will open up to. The two may seem to be an unlikely match, innocent Leesie and disturbed Michael, but each offers the other priceless comfort and care.
As their relationship progresses, Leesie learns what love means for the first time, exploring the boundaries of her Mormon beliefs and bending her strict rules to the point of breaking. It is not easy to hold back when she experiences a snowballing passion unlike anything she has ever imagined.
Meanwhile, Michael longs to return to the scuba diving that is in his blood while overcoming the pain of his parents' sudden death. His relationship with Leesie is especially valuable at this vulnerable time, in spite of the self-imposed boundaries of her Mormon faith.
Can Michael and Leesie's love blossom despite their differences in background?
TAKEN BY STORM is never preachy, but a genuine and heartfelt struggle of faith. Morrison portrays teenage romance from an unusually elegant perspective. The importance of physicality in a relationship is never denied, but Morrison shows that teenagers are capable of rising above carnal temptation to appreciate a more spiritual and emotional side of love.
Morrison's experience with scuba diving and her Mormon upbringing add a very personal and realistic element to her story. Like fellow Mormon author Stephenie Meyer, Morrison approaches the theme of romance from a rare angle, shying away from the crass and blunt. Fans of Meyer's TWILIGHT will enjoy this non-vampiric tale with similar romantic chords. by TeensReadToo